News for Tuesday, May 10, 2011


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Obama talks immigration

Delving into an explosive issue, President Barack Obama stood near the border with Mexico on Tuesday and declared it more secure than ever, trying to build pressure on Republicans to take on a comprehensive immigration overhaul -- and eagerly working to show vital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way.

NATION IN BRIEF: Appeals court in Va. hears health care cases

A federal appeals panel dominated by appointees of President Barack Obama heard arguments Tuesday in two Virginia lawsuits challenging his health care overhaul.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Tripoli sites bombed, rebels claim gains

In a one-two punch against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, NATO warplanes struck a command center in the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday after pounding regime targets around the besieged port of Misrata. Rebels hoped the stepped-up attacks could help extend some of their biggest advances to date, including a major outward push from Misrata.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Arnold, Shriver separating after 25 years

It was a storybook marriage in 1986 on a spring weekend on Cape Cod that united a princess of an American political dynasty, Maria Shriver, and the gap-toothed muscle-clad movie star famous enough to be known by one name, Arnold.

MUST READ: Memphis school wins graduation address from Obama

An academic turnaround at an urban high school with a rich tradition of educating African-Americans has earned graduating seniors a commencement address next week from President Barack Obama.

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Taste of summer hits area with temperatures expected in the 90s

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The mercury is rising. Sweltering heat is setting in early this year, with the first 90-degree days of 2011 expected this week.

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Hi-Hope gala to be 'non-event'

In a twist on fundraising, one local charity is hoping people will "buy a ticket to stay home."

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Former officer denied new trial in attack

A Gwinnett County judge denied a motion Tuesday for a new trial for Jay Dailey, the former Duluth police officer now facing 60 years in prison following his bizarre 2008 attacks on residents and a fellow officer.

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Patients already seeing benefits from open heart surgery program

With less than a year remaining until Gwinnett Medical Center officially opens its Heart and Vascular Center, a handful of patients have already reaped the benefits.

Trial begins in death of 3-month-old

A tiny body lay in an upstairs bedroom, between a car seat and blue crib, wearing a white onesie and diaper. No blood. No swelling. By all outward indications, it was the accidental and horribly untimely death of a 3-month-old girl named Aubrey.

Swift water rescue team training on 'Thunder River'

The Gwinnett County Fire Department is going to Six Flags to practice saving lives.

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Rose leads Bulls past Hawks 95-83

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose scored 33 points, Luol Deng added 23 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-83 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead.

Wilkes Finance Corporation to host grand opening of new location

Wilkes Finance Corporation will host a grand opening today for its new local office.

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Nats' Marquis gets 100th win backed by Nix, Werth homers

ATLANTA -- Jason Marquis earned his 100th career win, backed by a pair of three-run homers from Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth, and the Washington Nationals held off the error-plagued Atlanta Braves 7-6 Tuesday night.

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Target slaying testimony: Dirty diapers fueled loathing

In an early interview with police, Joanna Hayes admitted to an investigator she disliked her daughter-in-law, Heather Strube, because her mothering habits were subpar, according to testimony.

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Michelle's moment: North edges Mill Creek in PK thriller

Michell DeMaris made two diving saves in the penalty kick round as third-ranked North Gwinnett beat No. 4 Mill Creek 3-2 (4-2 on PKs)

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GAC beats Westminster to reach Class AA finals

Playing in its third straight Final Four, second-ranked GAC finally broke its semifinal curse and earned a shot at a Class AA state championship with a 3-1 win over Westminster on Tuesday.

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GHSA adds sixth classification

MACON -- The Georgia High School Association adopted a new reclassification format beginning with the 2012-13 school year at a special meeting of the organization's Executive Committee on Tuesday at the Macon Convention Centre.

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Playoffs flush with local teams

In addition to the Parkview-North series, Mill Creek will play host to Dacula in a neighborhood battle beginning with a doubleheader at Fathers Field today at 4:30 p.m.

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Wesleyan's Frerking to play for Baylor

Wesleyan senior Andrew Frerking, a standout on the Wolves’ football and basketball teams, has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Baylor University football team.

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THOMAS: Solution to the debt menace

Here’s a safe prediction: The ‘‘bipartisan’’ group of congressmen led by Vice President Joe Biden will fail to solve the $14 trillion debt crisis.

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Minor helps G-Braves win big over Red Sox

Pawtucket, R.I. — The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-1 at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Three Gwinnett players nominated for U.S. Army game

Three Gwinnett football players who are rising seniors — Buford’s Vadal Alexander and Dillon Lee, along with Norcross’ Jason Croom — are among the 32 Georgia players nominated for this prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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Hi-Hope gala to be 'non-event'

LAWRENCEVILLE — In a twist on fundraising, one local charity is hoping people will “buy a ticket to stay home.”

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Michelle's moment: North edges Mill Creek in PK thriller

SUWANEE — When North Gwinnett’s girls soccer team won the Class AAAAA state championship last spring, Michelle DeMaris was a spectator who hadn’t played soccer since seventh grade.

Sugar Hill commemorates past and present

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill commemorated both its distant and recent past Monday night.

Jacob D. Bullock Foundation to host road race

The inaugural Just B-Active Fun Run, a benefit for the Jacob D. Bullock Foundation, will be held June 4 at Little Mulberry Park. The foundation, which helps young people make smart choices and realize their potential, is named for Bullock, who passed away as a 14-year-old after an accident on a partially frozen lake.

LETTER: 'Privatization' needs a definition

While I generally agree with the message of J.K. Murphy’s column (“We need facts before airport decision,” May 8, 10A), there are two issues that need amplification. You correctly note that privatization and commercial flights are two different issues. The county can have one and not the other.

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Eagles' Marksberry signs with GCSU

Collins Hill senior Trey Marksberry has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Georgia College and State University. He is the son of Todd and Nanita Marksberry.

Eastside to hold robot open house

SNELLVILLE — Eastside Medical Center is inviting the public to “test drive” its newest technology.

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Dale Drath

PAPPY" Dale Clifford Drath, "Pappy", age 80, of Jefferson, GA passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was preceded in death by father, Charles Albert Drath, mother, Martha May ...

Evelyn Yancey

Evelyn Batchelor Yancey, age 81, of Grayson, Georgia, entered into rest on Sunday, May 8, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Yancey of Grayson, GA; son & daughter ...

Doris Banks

Doris Lee Hawkins Banks (Miss Dot) age 84 of Snellville passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011. Mrs. Banks was born August 25, 1926, the daughter of William Thomas Hawkins ...

Heung Park

Heung Sung Park, age 58 of Dacula, GA died Friday, May 6, 2011. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Charles Hammond, Sr.

Charles E. Hammond, Sr., age 69 of Lilburn, GA passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Doris Stafford

Doris Haynes Stafford, age 87 of Snellville, GA passed away May 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Barrett Lawrimore, Jr.

Barrett S. Lawrimore, Jr., age 56 of Grayson, GA passed away, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Mary Haynes

Mary L. Haynes of Dacula, GA, born November 26, 1934 (age 76) passed away on May 5, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her daughter ...

Joann Sloan

JoAnn W. Sloan, age 68, of Duluth, GA, died May 7, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

James Delk, Jr.

Mr. James Evans Delk, Jr., age 91 of Atlanta, GA passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Jodeen Ann Ducharme

Jodeen Ann Dirkers Ducharme, age 68, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, entered into rest on May 7, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 36 ...

Christine Johnson

Christine Sneed Pinson Johnson, age 97 of Loganville, GA died Sunday, May 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Dorothy Haynes

DOT" Dorothy "Dot" Sadler Haynes, age 76, of Buford, GA passed away on May 6, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Walter Haynes; sons, John Wendell ...

Margie Chadwick Brogdon

Maggie Chadwick Brogdon, age 90 of Lawrenceville, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011. Graveside services will be held 2 PM Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Dr ...

Kevin V. Osborne

Kevin V. Osborne, age 51, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011. Kevin was born and raised in Central New York. He earned a BFA from Alfred University ...

John J. Piatt, Jr.

JOHN John J. Piatt, Jr., age 64, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on May 8, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Rena Piatt; children, Shannon Cravens and Rhonda Kennedy ...

Shirley Jordan

Mrs. Shirley Nesmith Jordan, age 77, of Lawrenceville passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011. She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren. She was a member of the ...

Tony Johnson

Tony Lowe Johnson, age 54 of Statham, GA passed away May 7, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Nellie C. Dempsey

Nellie C. Dempsey, age 91 of Bethlehem, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 12 PM Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...